More tenants move into Sensor City

Sensor City, the city’s new facility for sensor technology development and a joint venture between the University of Liverpool and Liverpool John Moores University, has added more names to its growing list of tenants.

Chanua Health, an organisation which aims to solve some of the biggest challenges in healthcare, mental health and wellbeing, is the latest tenant to move into the facility.

Since reaching practical completion in July 2017, Sensor City has now let out office and laboratory space to five companies at the forefront of the sector’s innovation.

Chanua has taken a 344 sq ft space on the second floor in the building, and will use its world class facilities to support ventures and projects that are shaping the future of health and wellbeing.

Incorporating scientists within a community development and youth work approach, Chanua supports young people to engage in science and build skills and capacity to support their peers.

Revolutionary personal grooming company, Lozio, also moved into Sensor City recently, taking 140 sq ft of office space on the first floor and is the first company to take space on this floor.

FMI was the first tenant to move into Sensor City, signing the lease for a 344 sq ft office in June 2017. Aqua Running and UPLEC Industries joined FMI on the second floor in August, where they are now joined by Chanua Health.

Approximately 2,000 sq ft is still available on the second floor of the building, with just over 2,800 sq ft free on the first floor. There are also hot desking facilities available on the ground floor.

Dr Joanne Phoenix, Business Development Manager at Sensor City, said: “The building’s exceptional facilities are proving to be a huge draw for innovators and entrepreneurs. It is fantastic to be able to accommodate companies that are really pushing the boundaries of sensor technology.

“These are exciting companies for Sensor City and we look forward to watching them progress their projects with our support and facilities.”

Sensor City is expected to create 1,000 jobs in the region over the next decade and nurture approximately 300 start-up tech businesses.

The Government’s Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) support the project with a £5 million investment in 2014. In 2016, the England European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), awarded £5 million in capital investment as match funding to support the development of the hi-tech sensor hub.

The University of Liverpool and Liverpool John Moores University are each committing £1.5m to the project and £2m of co-investment from corporate sponsors is to be secured over the next 5 years.

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